Kuldeep Yadav is against the usage of artificial substances to polish the ball in place of sweat or saliva after cricket resumes in a post Covid-19 era. The global governing council’s medical committee have raised its concern about using saliva to polish the ball to be addressed before the season resumes. The council is thus considering to allow the usage of artificial substances like vaseline to polish the red-ball under umpire’s supervision.
Australian manufacturers Kookabura have also developed a pocket-size wax applicator to shine the ball as most cricket boards do not want their players to take the risk of using saliva to shine the ball. The respiratory droplet has been one of the major causes of the pandemic and thus the global governing body wants to keep it away from the game.
Kuldeep Yadav: it won’t be good for the game, would be ball-tampering
Kuldeep Yadav reckons ball-tampering would not be good for the game. The use of artificial substance will help the ball reverse from five to 10 overs and it would not be good for the game.
“It won’t be good for the game, it would be ball-tampering,” he says. “Seamers will get maximum benefits. With the use of wax or cream, the ball would start reversing within 5-10 overs, and that isn’t good for the game,” he told the Hindustan Times.
Kuldeep Yadav has been a frontline spinner for India ever since his Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala. He was asked to pick up five-wicket by then Team India head coach Anil Kumble but his four wickets were enough to put him on track as a reliable spinner for the national team.
He has picked up 24 wickets in Tests, 104 in ODIs and 39 in the shortest format of the game.